I am a mom of 4 young kiddos and you know something? I’m not perfect! I lose my patience, my kids have meltdowns & I even occasionally use the tv to obtain 5 minutes of quiet. It’s been a long road to get to where I am at now & I still am striving for self improvement! But, after birthing 4 times, more than one of my kids receiving an autism diagnoses, struggling through my own battle with epilepsy and surviving cancer, I’ve come to appreciate a few things:
1. When people are staring at you out in public because your child is having a meltdown, more often than not, they are sypathetic because they’ve been in your shoes.
2. You are your own worst critic. Stop it!!! For goodness sake, LOVE YOURSELF & forgive your flaws.
3. You are what you eat. The more processed food you eat, the more medical processes you will have to go through!
If you want to feel well, eat well. It’s not nearly as complicated at all those silly diets make you feel it is. Diets should not be a short term thing, your diet is your conscious food choices each and every day. I’m going to share my 5 rules for keeping it simple:
1. Eat what the earth provides you with. Keep it local when possible. Eat things like eggs, meat, fruit, vegetables, nuts & seeds.
2. Make it yourself. This way you know exactly which ingredients are in the foods you eat.
3. Avoid refined sugar. Use raw local honey or local maple syrup as a substitute sweetener. Artificial sweeteners are poisonus at best and sugar feeds cancer.
4. Eat many small meals throughout the day. If you maintain a balanced sugar level, you won’t be as likely to binge eat or have mood swings & it boosts your metabolism!
5. Don’t deny yourself. Listen to your cravings, they are talking to you! I have been a self professed chocoholic for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until I cut out refined sugar not to long ago, that I discovered my body was actually begging me desperately for magnesium. I rarely have chocolate cravings anymore now that I’m meeting my body’s desire for magnesium. Hard to believe, I know!
Like I said before, my house holds multiple autism diagnoses. Through trial & error we have discovered that dairy is not a friend to our autism or epilepsy. I’m sure what I’m about to say won’t make me friends with the Got Milk crew. But, dairy is not, nor should it be your main source of calcium. Or the main source of any of the other essiental nutrients they fortify it with. The process to which they pasturise milk removes all nutrients you should have received from the milk & then they add man made versions of all these good things. Not cool! Really, this goes for all foods. If the food industry has had to add nutrients to fortify your food, don’t eat it. Pick a healthier alternative.
Our family has opted instead to use Almond Milk. I make it myself & the whole family loves it.
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Almond Milk Recipe
2 cups raw almonds
4 cups distilled water (for soaking almonds)
8 cups distilled water
local maple syrup to taste
Start by soaking your almonds in the distilled water for 1-2 days. I put mine in a sealed glass bowl, in the fridge.
Strain and rinse your almonds.
Put your almonds in your blender with fresh distilled water.
Blend on ice setting.
Strain with a fine sieve & cheese cloth or a nut milk bag.
Will keep for 5-7 days in a sealed container in the fridge.
For sweetened or chocolate milk, rinse your blender well & return the milk only to the blender. Add your desired amount of cocoa powder & maple syrup.
This makes approximately 2 L.
A typical day in food looks like this in our home:
Breakfast: Steelcut oats, a banana & a glass of orange juice.
A.M. Snack: A fruit of choice.
Lunch: Boiled eggs, along with a mix of fruits & veggies.
P.M. Snack: A fruit or veggie of choice. (ie: a whole carrot)
Dinner: Half a dinner plate full of salad (we use spinach instead of lettuce), BBQ salmon & rice.
We drink lots of water all day long 🙂
So remember keep it simple, plan ahead & for goodness sake don’t beat yourself up; everyone takes their journey at a different pace!